A pharmaceutical drug take-back event is today at Licking.
The public can drop off unused or unwanted drugs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at Town and Country Supermarket in Licking. All pharmaceuticals are accepted, including veterinary and over-the-counter drugs. No signatures are required and no questions are asked.
Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones have been found in the drinking water supplies of 41 million Americans. These drugs have also been discovered in deep underground aquifers of 24 states tested, Missouri included. Public and private waste water systems are not designed to take these pharmaceuticals out of the water before they are discharged into rivers, streams and lakes. Proper disposal saves lives and protects the environment. The only acceptable disposal method is leaving the pharmaceuticals at a DEA collection site for incineration.
The 11th Drug Enforcement Agency event is sponsored by the Licking Police Department, Houston Police Department, Texas County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri Rural Water Association and Big Piney River Stream Team Watershed Association.
A pharmaceutical drug drop box is also available every day in the lobby of the Texas County Jail.